Mar 7, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team is in post-Commodity Classic Recovery Mode this week and working on lots of interviews and stories. This week Chuck headed to the west coast for some Operation Blue Force in the field training with New Holland. Wearing his ZimmGlass he learned how to operate T8 and T9 tractors and will be sharing video from that experience on the ZimmComm News Network.

Be sure you check out AgNewsWire links to stories and audio from Classic and the BASF and Bayer media events - we added lots more this week.  Also still finishing up the Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Vet event in Dallas and the Farm & Gin Show. We have been busy!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What do you think about Chipotle's Farmed & Dangerous?"

An overwhelming majority said they have boycotted Chipotle and we are proud to say we fit into that group. We also believe Chipotle should be ashamed of how they are portraying farmers. Thank you to those in the agricultural community who have made a stand against this self-righteous restaurant chain and joined the fight to tell agriculture's story.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What's your favorite fish?"

Now that we're in the Lenten season and fish fry-days are ramping up, we want to know how you like to eat fish - if at all!

Here's are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Of course there are many more we've published this week.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Get Your Ag View  

He's no stranger to the agricultural communications world but he is new to you as Ag View. He's Ken Rahjes and I sat down with him in San Antonio last week to learn what he's up to with this new venture. MORE


BIVI Launches Two PED Initiatives 

In an effort to help swine veterinarians and producers find effective measures for managing porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) launched two PED-focused initiatives during their Swine Health Seminar in Dallas, Texas on February 28, 2014 which coincided with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting. MORE

FMC Tackles Weeds in the South 

FMC representatives were eager to visit with attendees of the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, TN. Chuck spoke with Rusty Mitchell during the event about some of their products corn and soybean growers across the South can and should take advantage of. MORE

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Ethanol's Voice Heard at Commodity Classic

It might not be a biofuels convention per se, but the recently completed Commodity Classic in San Antonio attracted lots of producers and advocates for the green fuels. Previously, I talked to Joe Jobe from the National Biodiesel Board about his group's participation in the annual meeting of corn, wheat, soybean and sorghum growers. MORE


South Dakota to Include 15% Ethanol in State Fleets 

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced Thursday that E15 will be made available this year during a test period at four major fuel sites in Brookings, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The state will utilize E15 for flex fuel vehicles and some of its newer non-flex fuel models that are approved for E15 use. MORE 

UPS Expands Propane Commitment 

Delivery giant UPS is expanding its commitment to propane. The company has announced plans to purchase 1,000 propane delivery trucks and will also install 50 fueling stations at UPS locations. The investment in propane vehicles and infrastructure is nearly $70 million. MORE

 Precision Pays

Hick Chick Chat with Bill and Tom Couser  

During Commodity Classic in San Antonio last week, I ran into my new friends Bill and Tim Couser. I met them last October during World Food Prize and Truth about Trade and Technology (TATT) Farmer Roundtable when we toured their operation near Nevada, Iowa.  MORE


CTIC at Commodity Classic 

This year at the Commodity Classic, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) was present to talk with farmers about cover crops for conservation. MORE


Ag Leader AgFiniti Now Available


Ag Leader Technology's new cloud-based platform AgFiniti� was a hit at last week's Commodity Classic where growers were happy to learn that it is now available for them. MORE    





Vilsack Discusses 2015 USDA Budget          

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today hosted a media conference call to discuss President Obama's FY15 budget for the USDA. MORE


2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Last week, Chuck attended his first ever Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, TN. In case you were, it isn't the kind of gin you drink. The family affair welcomed nearly 20,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors. MORE

Social Media Farmer of the Year Nominations               

Food Nutrition & Science a leading trade publication for the food industry, today announced the launch of the first Social Media Farmer of the Year Award. MORE

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Family Day at the Dairy Farm                     


North Florida residents can get an inside look at how dairy farms produce milk at the 2014 Family Day at the Dairy Farm, a free open-house event presented by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from Florida Dairy Farmers. The event will be March 15 from 9am to 2pm at the UF/IFAS dairy farm in Hague and is open to the public. MORE 

North Missouri Dairy Day Scheduled for March 10 


Milk producers across Missouri can hear updates on dairy law in the new farm bill-and a milk price outlook, Monday, March 10 at the North Missouri Dairy Day. MORE 
12th Annual Leading Dairy Producer Conference Host 212 Farms


Purina Animal Nutrition and Land O' Lakes welcomed more than 475 dairy producers, family members and industry representatives to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI., earlier this year for the Leading Dairy Producer Conference. Now in its twelfth year, it is one of the largest dairy producer conferences held annually in the Upper Midwest. MORE 
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